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Sustainable food consumption: when evidence-based policy making meets policy-minded research—Introduction to the special issue

Author(s): Michal Sedlacko | Lucia Reisch | Gerd Scholl

Journal: Sustainability : Science, Practice and Policy
ISSN 1548-7733

Volume: 9;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: food preferences | management tools | communication | social behavior | internet | environmental impact | diets

We are witnessing today the disturbing situation of about 800 million people worldwide suffering hunger and underconsumption of food and lacking access to clean drinking water. At the same time, more than a billion people are overweight and 300 to 500 million of them obese, with the trend increasing in most regions. Consequently, due primarily to shifts in diet toward more sugar, animal protein, and trans fats, diet- and lifestyle-related health problems, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, are hitting young age groups and significantly increasing health costs. Given demographic changes and the growing global population, these problems will likely worsen in the near future.

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